The Emma B. King Research Library at Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon is a major resource for scholars, curators, and students of Shaker history.

The library holds an archive collection of manuscripts, Shaker imprints, photographs, art, and ephemera as well as reference materials about the Shakers. In 1961, the Shaker Central Ministry designated the library as the official repository for records of discontinued Shaker societies. The library is named for Eldress Emma B. King of the Canterbury Shakers, who aided museum founder John S. Williams in assembling the collection. You may view the finding aid for the archival collections by clicking here.

The library is located in Old Chatham, New York, and is open year-round by appointment. Museum staff attempt to answer all questions by email or mail. The library is not a lending institution, and does not participate in inter-library loans.


To schedule a research appointment, ask a question, provide feedback, or to obtain information about reproduction rights, please contact Jerry Grant, Director of Collections and Research at

Online photography catalog

Made possible by support from the Leon Levy Foundation. A searchable catalog of over 2,200 historic photographs from the library’s collection is available online.